While creator Matt Groening is currently in Australia, The Simpsons has been renewed for its 29th and 30th seasons.
The double-season renewal will see the show break Gunsmoke‘s record of most episodes of a scripted US series ever. Gunsmoke has 635 episodes, while The Simpsons will eventually reach 669 episodes. It recently crossed the 600 episode mark.
“Take that Gunsmoke!” Homer Simpson reportedly said in a statement. “You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!”
“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” FOX TV Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said. “The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at FOX, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series — from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team — you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of Simpsons fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We’re happy to tell you there’s lots more to come.”
With 28 seasons, The Simpsons is already the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program, and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series.
Source: Hollywood Reporter